Cereus Blooms At Night by Shani Mootoo

111653A fierce story of Mala, a multi-layered individual: fiercely protective of her sister after her mother leaves; driven to murder by sexual abuse by her father; an interesting issue of her sanity when she is institutionalized. A book filled with vivid characters. (This is also on the CBC list; last month I recommended Valmiki’s Daughter)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/111653.Cereus_Blooms_at_Night?from_search=true

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Valmiki’s Daughter – Shani Mootoo

valmikis daughterA great story set in Trinidad; complex family relationships, partly because of secrets and half-truths. The story is largely about identity (sexual, cultural/racial), with a spectacular description of desire.